Common Plumbing Problems in a New Home

by Harry Wilson
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The thrill of moving into a new house is enough excitement to prevent you from cross-checking pipe fittings and every other plumbing work. Nobody wants to move into a new home; probably a new haven and eventually start to pay up for repair works. I for one would not want to have that and I am quite sure you would not want to.

Would you willingly rush into a home that has the entire plumbing configuration all wrong while you’re informed of it, I think not.  It is pertinent to ensure all work, be it electrical, plumbing; bricklaying or any other work is done properly before moving into your new home. Why add more cost to all the expenses you might have winged up for the new home?

Many believe that testing out plumbing configuration in new homes is quite impossible until you move into the house and start to use the water system on a regular basis. Most plumbing problems occur as against the backdrop of unscrupulous initial plumbing configuration of the new house not because the pipes were already weak and old. Plumbing in a new home has to undergo a pressure test to ensure there are no leaks in the system which is the only test that can be done until the owner moves in and reaches out to the utility company to have the water switched on.

Leaking of water from stainless steel sink pipe on isolated on white background

When the water is eventually switched on, it can possibly wash away any loose sealed areas of the piping. Consequently, small leaks will not be detected in the plumbing after new home construction. Most leaks found in new homes can occur around threaded joints and glued joints.  It is a plumber’s job to tighten and seal the joints with a standard plumbing wrench and a plumber sealer to ensure they are tight and not leaking as the water gets turned on by the utility company.  In a case where a joint is already glued, the pipe will have to be cut out and replaced because a glued joint cannot be sealed without it breaking. You can find these types of leaks in the basement near the water heater because of the coupling water pressure.

Fixtures are another significant plumbing issue in a new home. When moving, ensure that plumbers and installers correctly tighten and position the fixtures in the house. Sometimes it’s either, the plumber didn’t tighten or he or she tightened the fixtures too much leading to another issue. Observe and understand the fixture settings in your home, so you will notice if anything is up.

Plumber fixing under the sink in the kitchen

Perform an inspection after a 30 day move into the house to augment the first inspection you did before moving.  Some smart leaks sometimes manifest after months of incessant usage. Be calm and assured if your plumbing doesn’t show signs of all the issues mentioned above after the 30-day challenge. This means that all the plumbing work in your house is well maintained. Don’t forget the annual check-ups so as to protect your house from potential underlying plumbing issues.



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